Heroin summit held in Milwaukee

CREATED Jun 5, 2014

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MILWAUKEE --  Milwaukee's Common Council president, Michael Murphy, said battling the growing heroin problem needs to start with parents.

Leaders from several local counties gathered Wednesday at the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Heroin/Opiates Symposium, held in the Grand Ballroom of Marquette University’s Alumni Memorial Union, to talk about this deadly issue.  

"Put away the games, put away the video games, put away the TV. Talk to them. Listen to them. Let them know that they can come to you," Murphy said.

Leaders shared ideas and solutions around the theme "Heroin: Not on Our Watch - Protecting Our Communities."  
 
Sheriff David Clarke said there were 57 heroin related deaths in Milwaukee County last year. 
 
Governor Scott Walker recently signed several bills into law to try to help curb the problem.